Storm to bring rain, mountain snow

Spring snow is expected to pile up around Crater Lake this weekend.

A winter weather advisory is in effect until 5 a.m. Saturday high in the Southern Oregon Cascades, the National Weather Service office in Medford reported. The advisory warns that 10 to 16 inches of snow will fall at elevations above 6,000 feet.

Snow will increase in intensity this morning and fall heavily at times through early Saturday. Very heavy snowfall is expected this afternoon and evening, the advisory says.

South to southwest winds of 15 to 25 mph are expected, too, creating areas of blowing snow. Snow-covered roads and limited visibility could make travel difficult on highways 62 and 138, the advisory warns.

In the Rogue Valley, rain is expected today and through the weekend. A front moving across the region will deliver most of the precipitation today through Saturday morning. An unstable trough of low pressure expected Saturday afternoon could bring a slight chance of lightning and thunder, the forecast says, then rain will lessen on Sunday.

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